Supercharge Your Meals with Fat-Burning Foods

By , Susan M., SparkPeople Contributor
If you read the headline and exuberantly tore open this blog post hoping to see wine and chocolate on the list, you are out of luck. No need to despair, though. The great news is, whether you are a committed healthy eater or just trying to add a few healthy choices to your daily meals, this list offers several benefits. Being aware of the best fat-burning foods helps you make better choices and maintain a desirable weight.

Fat-burning foods boost your body's ability to burn fuel so you can eat more and feel satisfied, while staying strong and healthy. Tossing in a couple of the options listed below or throwing them all into your diet plays a big role in weight maintenance and fitness. Start supercharging your eating plan today with these 10 fat-burning food choices.

#1: Beans

This humble, inexpensive form of fiber and protein is one of the superheroes of the food world. Beans pack a nutritional punch and generate fat burning. Add beans into chili, cook up a rice and beans bowl, or toss some into your favorite salad.

#2: Spinach

This leafy green nutritional giant provides a heaping helping of vitamins and aids the body in burning fat and building muscle. Easily add spinach to your diet by using it in place of regular lettuce in salads and sandwiches, or stir a handful into pasta or stir-fry dishes.

#3: Skinless Chicken

A lean meat that is a lower in fat than some cuts of beef or pork, skinless chicken provides a helpful boost of fat-burning, too. Chicken is already the star of many dishes, from salads to wraps and sandwiches, and it pays to eat a few forks full several times a week.

#4: Almonds

Nuts in general are great additions to a healthy diet, but almonds in particular pack a ton of protein and fat-burning properties. They also make you feel full fast, meaning you are less likely to overeat.

#5: Tuna

Tuna, whether fresh or in a can, is easy to find no matter where you are, making it a fat-burning favorite. Known to lower the body's leptin levels, which helps raise metabolism, tuna is a tasty protein source to add to the list of formidable fat burners.

#6: Blueberries

You probably already know these round, sweet berries are full of antioxidants, but help your body build strong muscles, which in turn burns more calories. Make a blueberry smoothie, toss a few in a salad or just eat them straight for a sweet treat.

#7: Oatmeal

Forgo the sugar-filled packets and opt for the old-fashioned oats, which offer higher fiber and greater fat-burning abilities. Oatmeal powers up the digestive tract for a big calorie burn. Add honey, cinnamon and flaxseed to sweeten the taste.

#8: Grapefruit

Long touted as a fat-burning food, the grapefruit delivers on the hype. As a low-calorie, high-fiber food, it is a great addition to any eating plan. Slice open a juicy grapefruit with your breakfast or enjoy one as an after-dinner snack.

#9: Eggs

The unassuming egg is a commanding food, offering big bang for the calorie buck. A low-fat, high-protein food just can't be found everywhere, after all, but this versatile one can be enjoyed for any meal, any time of day.

#10: Chili Peppers

If you are brave enough, these fiery foods heat up your metabolism as well as your mouth. The heat of the pepper fuels your body's fat-burning flame, helping it blaze through calories for a leaner form. Use chili peppers in cooking, as well as a topper for wraps and salads.

Bonus: Green Tea

A drink rather than a food, we would be remiss not to mention this this fat-burning powerhouse. Rev up your metabolism by sipping on this refreshingly tasty and versatile beverage. Substitute green tea for a cup of your morning coffee or your afternoon soda in order to reap its significant health benefits. Enjoy it either hot or cold, depending on your preference.

Taking advantage of some or all of these fat-burning foods will give you the benefit of good nutrition and a little metabolism boost. Add a bit of exercise and several glasses of water, and you will be well on your way to a healthier you!

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Comments

KHALIA2 10/19/2018
I like all of them except the chilli peppers. They give me heartburn. Report
FUNNYFACE101002 8/2/2018
I like almost all those foods. Thanks for getting me back on to healthier eating. Report
VALLEYGIRLSPAGE 8/2/2018
Blueberries and oats for breakfast tomorrow! Report
DGRIFFITH51 7/19/2018
These are all part of my regular diet, love spinach in scrambled eggs, I always have a Ziploc with almonds in my purse for a healthy snack. A glass of iced green tea with a few drops of liquid stevia is always a refreshing drink. Report
EMGERBER 7/19/2018
Great list and all things that I like. Report
PAULA3420 5/23/2018
I found myself being surprised and happy to find these foods on the list of "Fat burning Foods" I eat all of these foods every day. And, plan to eat more of them on a daily basis. THANKS Spark People for this article. Report
EVILCECIL 4/11/2018
All good foods. Report
SUNSET09 2/21/2018
These foods are a regular part of my meal planning. Good that they are healthy for me as well. Report
I eat all these foods regularly Report
I know that eating a few almonds every day had a major impact on my good cholesterol numbers--this reminds me I need to get back to doing that. I stopped because I had someone caution me about eating nuts because of their high fat content. Phooey. You just need to include them in your calories. I don't worry too much if I get a few more grams of the good fats. Even if these aren't fat-burners--most of these have other benefits--making them good foods to include. Report
I am going to add some of these foods to my meal plan. Report
1SUNBUMM11
I'm not sure this is science. I've been incorporating most of the foods into my diet because they are wholesome foods. I'm not sure about the weight loss aspect. Report
ALILDUCKLING
I'd like to see more info as to the whys these foods are on the list. Report
Total rubbish and old wives' tales - there's no such thing as a food that burns fat. You guys ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Report
Ummm - huh? I need some scientific explanation too. Report
Where the hell is the science in this? This is a listicle, repurposed for this article. Report
HUNGRYMUMMY
I was looking for a little more science, a little more on why one food might be selected for this list in preference to others, even if I had to look at the footnote items...but there are no footnotes or sources. I'm sure these are all good for you, so it's a good list, but I'm a little disappointed. Report
Motivation to keep eating my bowl of oats and blueberries every morning and snacking on a few almonds every afternoon! Great post. Thanks! Report
I like this list. These are all common, easy to find foods that will be easy to incorporate into my diet on a more regular basis. Report
RUB123Y1
Thanks for the information! I already do some of these will try to incorporate more. Report
STEPHA_DARILUS
YES! Awesome to know. Report
I eat all of these except Grapefruit because of medical reasons. I love green tea!!! Report
Great information!!!! I love all of these foods!!!! Report